Monthly Archives: January 2021

Groundwater tough to swallow?

RALEIGH – Here’s your chance to complain! Once every three years, state law requires regular reviews of groundwater water quality standards. Next week’s Feb. 2 public hearing is ‘virtual;’ however, written comments can also be submitted by email or through regular Postal Service channels. Last week, this newspaper’s story about Pamlico County drinking water being pumped from the Castle Hayne aquifer triggered a lot of scuttlebutt. Here is your opportunity to officially contribute to the public dialogue! Suggestions gleaned from the public could possibly lead to revisions in groundw…

Joint investigation leads to Carteret County man’s drug arrest

CARTERET COUNTY, NC – Narcotics detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and Morehead City Police Department arrested a Carteret County man on Tuesday ending an investigation of opiate trafficking in Carteret County. Michael Lee Frazier, 57, faces several drug charges including five counts of trafficking opiates and one count each of possessing cocaine with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver and possessing a schedule II controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver. Detectives targeted Frazier and conducted a controlled purchase of pre…

Tragedy of the Common Man

By Glenn Skinner, Executive Director | North Carolina Fisheries Association MOREHEAD CITY – If you follow fisheries management at all, you’ve most likely heard the phrase “tragedy of the commons.” The concept originates from a 1968 article written by Garrett Hardin, which describes the problems that occur when individuals exploit a shared resource to the extent that demand overwhelms supply, and the resource becomes unavailable to some or all. Since 1968, the tragedy of the commons concept has been used as an argument for the conservation or privatization of almost every public trust re…

STEM Grant for Fossil Museum

Photo provided by of Aurora Fossil Museum Program Developer, Andrew Dietsche. Aurora Fossil Museum is the recipient of a generous Duke Energy Foundation Grant, which will   support “Fossil Kits for NC Science Teachers Program.” The museum’s hard-working executive director, Cynthia Crane, is to put it mildly – ECSTATIC: “This grant will help provide interactive, hands-on STEM resources and virtual programming to children across North Carolina. It is our goal to reach all 100 North Carolina counties through this program and we are grateful to the Duke Energy Foundation for their financ…

Fog machine chemical beats back China Virus

By Gordon Allison | Technical Writer Editor’s Note: On Jan. 15,  the EPA granted special approval to the States of Tennessee and Georgia to use a chemical fog to help kill the China Virus. This followed approval for the same chemical given the State of Texas back in August of 2020, where American Airlines and a hospital are users. The chemical Triethylene Glycol, or ‘TEG’  has been used for a number of years as the active ingredient in a substance to make “fog” in stage and movie productions, marketed as Grignard Pure, and manufactured by Grignard, a long-time Rahway, NJ chemical company. WASHIN…

County bites financial bullet | $3 million plus approved for water system

Pesky ‘hardness’ of aquifer likely to remain a problem All of Pamlico County – with the exception of Oriental and homes with their own wells – relies upon the Water Department. The utility operates as an ‘enterprise fund’ — a fancy term for a government-owned entity that is expected to run like a regular business. Producing a product, selling it, and then hopefully showing a profit. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, total revenues for the Pamlico County Water Department came in at $2.6 million, with a bottom line profit (after expenses) of about $400,000. Not bad. Except for the pr…

ACCEPTANCE ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  January 20, 2020 I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, having seen and considered the Paris Agreement, done at Paris on December 12, 2015, do hereby accept the said Agreement and every article and clause thereof on behalf of the United States of America. Done at Washington this 20th day of January, 2021. JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.###…

Vidant Health and Pitt County announce plan to launch large-scale vaccine site

Greenville, N.C. – Jan. 19, 2021 – Vidant Health and the Pitt County Health Department will open a large-scale vaccine site on Monday, Jan. 25 to eligible community members as defined by the state of North Carolina. The large-scale vaccine site will be open to eligible community members throughout eastern North Carolina at the Greenville Convention Center on Monday, Jan. 25. Appointments will be required for eligible community members and scheduling details will be announced in the coming days. The public is encouraged to be patient as it will take some time to get all of those eligible vacc…

VACCINE UPDATE | How to register in Pamlico County

PAMLICO COUNTY — On December 22, 2020, the Pamlico County Health Department received its first 100 doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine. Since that time, an additional 300 doses of the vaccine have been received. As of the morning of January 11, 2021, Pamlico County Health Department (PCHD) had administered all of those 400 doses to Pamlico County residents. —————————————————————————————————————————— —————————————————————————————————————————— —————————————————————————————————————————— The following website reports the numbers of vaccines administered per County: covi…

Vaccine slow to roll out in state

Latest ranking puts NC 48th in nation RALEIGH – Legislators pressed the Cooper Administration this week for answers on North Carolina’s near-last-in-the-nation ranking on vaccine distribution. The hearing took place amid reports that future vaccine allocations from the federal government may be based on states’ progress on getting shots into arms. As of Tuesday, North Carolina has used just 25.8 percent of the doses it has received from the federal government, which ranks 48th in the country. Many lawmakers have pointed to the administration’s decision to replic…

Carteret County woman suspected of drug trafficking, arrested after raid

BEAUFORT, NC – Narcotics detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and Morehead City Police Department arrested a Carteret County woman ending an investigation of opiate trafficking in Carteret County. Jessica Lane Edwards, 54, faces several drug charges including trafficking opiates, possessing a schedule II controlled substance with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance, selling a schedule II controlled substance, delivering a schedule II controlled substance, possessing a schedule IV controlled substance wi…

Eyewitness & firsthand experience confirms reality of ‘Fakenews’ & ‘journalism malpractice’

By Dexter Liu NOTE: My wife and I plus another friend from Oriental went to the D.C. rally on January 6th. I am submitting this report for the County Compass to set the record straight and debunk the vicious false reporting in the mainstream national media. Where is America going? I’m a registered Republican and an unabashed supporter of President Trump. As an American, I am free to choose my party affiliation and candidate. Under the United States Constitution, it is my sacred right — as it is for any Democrat — to support his or her candidate of choice. Indeed, historically w…

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